Dear Friends,

I’ve been reading all about Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas and his failure to disclose trips paid for by a conservative billionaire friend. Such outrage! People on both sides of the aisle are angry about this, but I ask, in all earnestness, what about the lavish trips that Andre Bouchard and Leo Strine took to New Orleans courtesy of taxpayer dollars? Where is the outrage or investigation there, folks?

It’s time to stop Delawareans from paying for it! Indeed, it is TIME we stop this and close down the Good Ole Boys Club. Bouchard and Strine resigned in disgrace, but they were not brought to justice for their corruption in the TransPerfect case. I’ve been asking this for quite some time now, and I ask again: Will Delawareans continue allowing taxpayer money to finance the Chancery trips to New Orleans?

Please send your feedback on this folks, it is always welcome and appreciated.

Respectfully Yours,
JUDSON Bennett–Coastal Network


Senators seek probes into report on undisclosed luxury trips by Supreme Court’s Thomas

By Andrew Chung and John Kruzel

WASHINGTON, April 6 (Reuters) – Conservative U.S. Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas has for decades accepted luxury trips from a Dallas businessman without publicly disclosing them despite a federal law requiring disclosure of most gifts, a media report said on Thursday, prompting Senate Democrats to call for an investigation.

The report by ProPublica found that Thomas has repeatedly vacationed with real estate magnate and Republican donor Harlan Crow, including on his private jet and superyacht in the United States and around the globe. The news outlet said the frequency of the gifts have “no known precedent in the modern history of the U.S. Supreme Court.”

Thomas and Chief Justice John Roberts did not immediately respond to a request for comment. The report raises new questions over potential conflicts of interest involving the justices and the court, which has endured escalating criticism for its lack of a formal ethics code.

Crow told ProPublica in a statement that he and his wife have been friends with Thomas and his wife since 1996 and have “never sought to influence Justice Thomas on any legal or political issue.”

Senate Judiciary Committee Chair Dick Durbin said his panel “will act” based on the report, without specifying what steps it would take.